Don't you just LOVE pumpkin cheesecake or just about anything made from fresh pumpkin?
This is the way I prepare pumpkin puree in the Instant Pot:
That's right, just put the whole pumpkin in the Instant Pot on the trivet. The only thing you have to do, it cut off the stem. Leave the seeds until after it's cooked. This was a 4 1/2 lb pumpkin in an 8 quart instant pot.
Next, place 1 1/2 cups of water in the bottom of the inner pot, place the trivet in the pot and place pumpkin on the trivet. Lock down the lid with vent closed and set it on high pressure for 5 minutes and natural release.
After the pressure has released naturally, it's time to remove the seeds, you can scoop them out with a spoon, but I have found this way to be easier...
Cut the pumpkin into four pieces. The skin is so soft at this point that you could do this with a butter knife.
Now, scoop out the pumpkin into your Vitamix or food processor and blend until smooth.
This was a 4 1/2 pound pumpkin and it made 6 cups of puree. Any leftovers can be frozen for later. I love my silicone freezer tray, each cube holds 1/2 cup. I freeze it in the trays and them transfer them to ziplock freezer bags.
You can use the puree for juices, cookies, muffins, pancakes, granola, cheesecake, smoothies, soups, crackers and more. Tell us about your favorite creations!
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My goal is to help you make all of your meals healthier and increase the amount of plant-based meals in your diet. I hope that when you make these recipes you are excited to find that eating healthy can also be delicious. You don't have to be an expert in the kitchen to make any of these recipes. Preparing healthy recipes can be fast and easy with the right ingredients and equipment. Let's put the FUN and HEALTH back into our kitchens!
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